The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature [NOOK Book]

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For more than two hundred years, Jews have played important roles in the development of American literature. The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature addresses a wide array of themes and approaches to the distinct yet multifaceted body of Jewish American literature. Essays examine writing from the 1700s to major contemporary writers such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth. Topics covered include literary history, immigration and acculturation, Yiddish and Hebrew literature, popular culture, women ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature

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Overview

For more than two hundred years, Jews have played important roles in the development of American literature. The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature addresses a wide array of themes and approaches to the distinct yet multifaceted body of Jewish American literature. Essays examine writing from the 1700s to major contemporary writers such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth. Topics covered include literary history, immigration and acculturation, Yiddish and Hebrew literature, popular culture, women writers, literary theory and poetics, multilingualism, the Holocaust, and contemporary fiction. This collection of specially commissioned essays by leading figures discusses Jewish American literature in relation to ethnicity, religion, politics, race, gender, ideology, history, and ethics, and places it in the contexts of both Jewish and American writing. With its chronology and guides to further reading, this volume will prove valuable to scholars and students alike.
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"...very interesting and useful..."
Annette T. Rubenstein, Jewish Currents

"...striking and exciting..."
Marion Spies, University of Wuppertal, Germany

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139816458
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Michael P. Kramer is Professor in the Department of English at Bar Ilan University. He has written widely on Jewish American literature and he is the editor of New Essays on Seize the Day (1998).

Hana Wirth-Nesher is Samuel L. and Perry Haber Chair on the Study of the Jewish Experience and Professor of English, Tel Aviv University. She is the author of City Codes: Reading the Modern Urban Novel.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Chronology
Introduction: Jewish American literatures in the making 1
1 Beginnings and ends: the origins of Jewish American literary history 12
2 Imagining Judaism in America 31
3 Of crucibles and grandfathers: the East European immigrants 50
4 Coney Island, USA: America in the Yiddish literary imagination 70
5 Hebrew literature in America 92
6 Traces of the past: multilingual Jewish American writing 110
7 Accents of the future: Jewish American popular culture 129
8 Jewish American poetry 149
9 Jewish American writers on the Left 170
10 Jewish American renaissance 190
11 The Holocaust in the Jewish American literary imagination 212
12 Jewish American women writers and the race question 231
13 On contemporary literary theory and Jewish American poetics 250
14 Identity matters: contemporary Jewish American writing 269
Index 285
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